Andre Gagne

Features Writer

Andre R. Gagne is an indigenous species generally found in Ottawa, ON, though he has been spotted by some in Paris, Tokyo, New York, Vegas, Vancouver, Ireland, London and various stops in between. Camouflaged within the local music scene, he is sometimes pounding pinball to punk, wedged between vinyl new releases, boppin' to the beats, contorting himself around bar speakers or crunched against the steel at a local festival. He is a Faces nominee for journalist of the year. He is always firmly attached to his camera, except that one time he dropped it in a fountain at the Louvre. Oops! More on this strange creature at: argagne.wix.com/argagnephotography.
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Hits and Memories Straight From the Heart, Bryan Adams Looks Back with Bluesfest Crowd

Hits and Memories Straight From the Heart, Bryan Adams Looks Back with Bluesfest Crowd

All photos by Andre Gagne Hey HOTtawa, any weather buffs out there? On July 5, back in the summer, the summer of ’69, a ten year old Bryan Adams would have been basking in a balmy 26°c as opposed to today’s shirt soakin’ ten flaming points higher 36°c. I mean, balmy compared [...]

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Navigating Bluesfest

Navigating Bluesfest

If you’ve been a frequent attendee of RBC Bluesfest since the “Big Man” Clarence Clemons took to the stage back in 1994, you’ve grown accustomed to change. I’m not just talking line-up fluctuations, but entire festival uprooting! What started at Majors Hill Park would move [...]

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All That Jazz

All That Jazz

All photos by Andre Gagne If the 2018 edition of the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival had a theme it’d have to be “Rollin’ with the Punches”. First, they were pushed across the street due to construction in Confederation Park, headliner St. Germain cancelled due to illness, unforeseen [...]

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Red Hot Canada Day

 Red Hot Canada Day

All photos by Andre Gagne “Is the filling in this supposed to be bubbling?” I ask, noticing some steam wafting out from my Tim Horton’s Canada Day donut. “No,” sighed the staff, fanning herself. “It’s just melting in her with the rest of us.” [...]

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Locals Love Playin’ the Blues(fest)!

Locals Love Playin’ the Blues(fest)!

Who’s ready for RBC Bluesfest 2018?! I’m all set to slather on the sunscreen, double fist some brewskies and see groups like the Foo Fighters and Dave Matthews Band dump some awesome sauce all over LeBreton Flats. While the fest does bring in those big ticket acts each summer, there’s [...]

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Still the One! Shania’s Back to Rock This Country

Still the One! Shania’s Back to Rock This Country

Photo credit: Renée Doiron “This has been my dream since I was 3-years old,” squealed one of the Shania Twain triplets that had just been pulled on stage by the real reigning queen of country herself. Standing alongside her were two friends, all three bedecked in outfits from [...]

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Glow'rious Line-up for Glowfair 2018!

Glow'rious Line-up for Glowfair 2018!

From June 14 to 16, Bank Street doesn’t just shine, it glows! While Glowfair has been bringing a blaze of neon colour to the Centretown stretch since 2014, this year the party gets an extra day of shimmer! Bonus! Festival organizers officially dropped details on the “block party unlike [...]

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Ottawa Festival Season Do's and Don’ts

Ottawa Festival Season Do's and Don’ts

If you’re like me, you totally love eating uncooked Beeferoni with peanut butter coated celery sticks. Annnd, you also live for festival season! The sunshine, all the live tuneage, the discovery of a new artist, the lawn chairs… Umm, wait, maybe not those. [...]

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It’s Festival City Time Again! Here Are Some Summer Concert Picks to Get You Started

It’s Festival City Time Again! Here Are Some Summer Concert Picks to Get You Started

Ahh, the beginning of June….that snow mountain in the South Keys parking lot is nearly melted away, the pigeons are cooin’ up a racket on my balcony and crews start unloading trucks to build the stages that transforms Ottawa into a summertime Festival City once again. If the O-town festival [...]

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Ottawa Honours Community Builders at Annual United Way Gala

Ottawa Honours Community Builders at Annual United Way Gala

Photos by Andre Gagne They say it takes a village but once you have that you’re going to need a community. It’s the lifeblood that runs through that village and, often unseen, greatly impacts so many lives on a day to day basis. Here in Ottawa, The United Way Community Builder of the [...]

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